Move-Over Law Approved 07-08-05
The Legislature has adopted tougher penalties for motorists who fail to slow down or move over for police or emergency vehicles. Motorists who don't move to another lane when approaching a standing emergency vehicle on a multilane road or slow down while on a two-lane road would face a traffic infraction and a $250 fine. House Bill 288, which is sponsored by Reps. Ray Rapp (D-Haywood) and Bill McGee (R-Forsyth), updates an original law approved in 2002, which made the violation a $25 fine, with $100 in court costs. A motorist now also could face a low-grade felony charge and a six-month driver's license revocation if a first responder at the scene is injured or dies. If the accident leads to property damage of at least $500, the driver would be guilty of a misdemeanor. The House gave final approval to the law, which now goes to Gov. Mike Easley for his signature.